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Quote of the day No 39

Wednesday 16 August 2017

When I first met John Gould in 1955 and walked the K. and A. towpath out of Newbury, only Newbury Lock was generally serviceable. Greenham Lock, a mile to the East, was usable with care and navigation was just possible to the head of Bull’s Lock, some two miles from Newbury Bridge. Westwards, navigation ended at the tail of Guyers Lock, again about half a mile away. In effect, there was a three mile length with one reasonable lock and two distinctly ‘dodgy’ ones. This was all that remained, apart from the Bristol to Bath section and about four miles from the Reading end, after five years of official neglect, if not actual sabotage.

Locked in, with no access to boatyards and drydocks, a wooden boat soon deteriorates. However, John Gould fought back. Pleasure trips were to run in “Colin” until the boat became too far gone. A fleet of small rowing dinghies was started, some hiring of house boats was done, but, most important, legal action was taken against the Authority—now the British Transport Commission. Gould’s case was proved and substantial damages awarded against the B.T.C. but the Canal remained closed. At the same time an ex parte injunction to force re-opening was refused and the B.T.C. drafted a Bill to close the Canal.

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